Rocky Mountain National Park - RMNP

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“I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.” -Henry David Thoreau

Rocky Mountain National Park is one of America's Great Wilderness Destinations

Located near Estes Park Colorado and only a few hours from Denver, the park is open 24 hours a day 365 days a year! Boasting over 300 miles of trails and encompassing 415 square miles this truly is a Rocky Mountain High! With such an amazing variety of wild creatures and unbelievable scenery, RMNP, attracts visitors from all over the world. Enjoy the magnificent sites as you drive, hike, bike or take the public transportation. As spring begins to arrive in the recreational opportunities in the park will get better and better.

Trail Ridge Road will not open until at least Memorial Weekend but there are many amazing areas open year round in the park. Heavenly Valley is the one place in the park where sledding is allowed but you must bring your own tube or sled. Cross-country skiing is incredible with so many trails to choose from and snow shoeing is a great way to explore new areas. Stop at one of the visitor centers as you enter the park to find out what areas are open and it is always best to call ahead for weather and road conditions. Check forecasts before you go at and insert "Trail Ridge, CO" for the location. For information about Rocky Mountain National Park call 970-586-1206 daily 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Mountain Time).

Cross country sking in the Rocky Mountain National Park

Free Shuttle Bus into Rocky   [PARK PASS REQUIRED!]

Daily bus service into Rocky Mountain National Park is available weekends beginning in Memorial Weekend and then daily from June 27, 2016 to September 7, 2016 and weekends until the end of September, 2016. There are two more routes to help you once you are in the Park for Moraine Park and Glacier Basin (Bear Lake). Sorry, there are no bus routes for Trail Ridge Road or Horseshoe Park.

Zoomable Rocky Map:
Zoom in/out on the Park Map for a very detailed view.

Fall River Road — Images

Old Fall River Road and Trail Ridge Road

Sheep and Elk

Sheep Lakes at Sunrise & Sheep

View Spring Photos

More Photos

This Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) site has over 300 pages about "Rocky" to help you explore the Park, find things to do, plan your vacation and help you find places to lodge, dine and shop. We have over 50 park and topographic maps to help you discover the Park and hundreds of high quality images.

Many fine merchants of Estes Park bring this Rocky site to you. Their financial support has made it possible for us to hike the trails, take thousands of photographs and develop hundreds of informational pages about this National Park and its inhabitants.

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Trail Ridge Road Status Phone Number
(970) 586-1222

Dial (970) 586-1222 for a recorded message on the status of Trail Ridge Road. You may not know that our mountain makes its own weather, so it is not uncommon to have snow in July or August at the top of Trail Ridge Road. Such weather will only last for a few hours to a day, but if you are planning to cross over Trail Ridge Road, weather may hamper your travel. You also may find the road closed due to weather in early June and September/October.

Featured Animal: Bobcat


The bobcat is one of the 5 predators in Rocky Mountain National Park. About 1.5 to 2 times the size of a large house cat, it is a constant hunter. It has little fear of humans and can be found throughout Rocky and the town of Estes Park. Note the large tufted ears.

The other predators are bear, coyote, mountain lion (puma) and fox.


Fall River Band

Winter Above Timberline

Bear Lake — A perfect picture!

and other Park Publications:
(Standard information packet contains "Trip Planner", information on pets (Rover is not allowed on trails or in the back country), "Parks in Jeopardy" brochure, "Rocky Mountain Seminars" flyer and a current copy of the "High Country Headlines Newspaper".)

To obtain an informational packet or other Park publications, contact the Information Office:

Phone 970-586-1206
8:00 am to 4:30 pm
(Mountain Time) 7 days a week
TTY/TDD 970/586-1319
Other Phones Visitor Information Recorded Message - 970-586-1333
Backcountry - 970-586-1242
Campground Reservations - 800-365-2267
Fax - 970-586-1256
US Mail Information Office
Estes Park, CO 80517
Official Site

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